Wed. 12:29pm: Jurors deliberate in cop assault case

YOUNGSTOWN – Jurors in the courtroom of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John Durkin are deliberating the fate of a man charged with assaulting a Poland Village police officer on Aug. 2, 2011.

Marcus Thomas, 33, of Manley Avenue, is charged with felonious assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. Prosecutors say Thomas knocked over an officer with a car he was driving while fleeing from a residence.

Jurors heard closing arguments before Durkin instructed them on the law just before lunch,